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Gibraltar, Iran officials hold talks on seized oil tanker

Gibraltar - Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said Thursday he had a "constructive and positive" meeting with Iranian officials in London aimed at defusing tensions around an oil tanker carrying Iranian oil being held in the British territory's waters.

"Don't Panic": Britain and EU trade sitcom jibes

Apo - Britain is due to leave the EU in 15 weeks with or without an agreement on future ties and officials from both sides are trading insults inspired by a 1970s WWII sitcom.

UK tried to turn France against euro in 1990s: cables

London - British diplomats tried to establish a "very private link" with former French president Jacques Chirac with the "unavowed aim" of exposing him to the risks of a European currency union, declassified documents revealed Thursday.

Man found guilty over car attack outside UK parliament

London - A London jury on Wednesday convicted a man of attempted murder after he tried to mow down cyclists, pedestrians and police with his car outside the British parliament last year, in an attack prosecutors said had a terrorist motive.

No-deal Brexit looms as race for new British PM wraps up

London - The battle to become Britain's next prime minister enters the home straight on Wednesday with both candidates hardening their positions on Brexit, putting the future government on a collision course with Brussels.

UK PM hopefuls slam Trump tweets, but refuse to call them racist

London - The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".

European powers urge dialogue, end to escalation in Iran nuclear crisis

Paris - Three key European powers on Sunday called for dialogue and an end to the escalation over Iran's nuclear programme, as tensions further intensified between Tehran and the United States.

Paris clashes tarnish Macron's military parade

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday showcased European military cooperation in a Bastille Day parade but the aftermath of the glittering event was tarnished by violent clashes between police and protesters.

Macron to show off Euro defence cooperation at Paris parade

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Sunday showcase Europe's defence capabilities by putting European military cooperation at the heart of a Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States.

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

London - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria.

Cautious welcome in Belfast for abortion, gay rights vote

Belfast - In a Belfast alleyway, a poignant graffiti mural makes a promise to Northern Ireland's LGBT youth: "It won't always be like this. It's going to get better.

UK PM contenders say EU will drop Irish backstop for Brexit deal

London - The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both said Friday they believe the EU will agree a Brexit deal this year without the controversial "backstop" provision for the Irish border.

Britain sends second warship to Gulf after Iran tanker standoff

London - Britain said Friday it was sending a second warship to the Gulf and raising the alert level in the oil-rich region as tensions spike after Iranian gunboats threatened a UK supertanker.

UK says sending second warship to Gulf

London - Britain will send a second warship to the Gulf, officials said Friday, temporarily deploying two vessels near Tehran's waters as tensions surge after armed Iranian boats threatened a British oil tanker.

Macron to show off Euro defence cooperation at Paris parade

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Sunday seek to showcase Europe's defence capabilities by putting European military cooperation at the heart of a Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States.

UK far-right activist jailed for contempt of court

London - British far-right figurehead Tommy Robinson was jailed for contempt of court on Thursday, having live-streamed a confrontation with defendants in a criminal trial that was subject to reporting restrictions.

US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon

Washington - The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker.

US, UK will 'regret' seizing tanker off Gibraltar: Iran Guards

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday that the United States and Britain will "strongly regret" the seizure of a tanker off Gibraltar, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

UK Labour under pressure over anti-Semitism after BBC doc

London - Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came under renewed pressure over anti-Semitism on Thursday after a string of former officials spoke out about the party's failure to tackle discrimination in a BBC documentary.

New EU chief nominee says Brexit could be delayed - again

Apo - Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee to be the next EU Commission president, said Wednesday that Brexit could be delayed for a third time, but warned London it must take responsiblity for "sorting out" its tortured departure from the bloc.

New EU chief nominee hopes Britain will ditch Brexit

Apo - EU president nominee Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday she hopes Britain will abandon Brexit but warned London it must take responsiblity for "sorting out" its tortured departure from the bloc.

Britain's US ambassador resigns after Trump spat

London - Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after being targeted by US President Donald Trump over the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables that put the allies' relationship on edge.

Britain's US ambassador resigns after Trump spat

London - Britain's ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch said Wednesday he was resigning after drawing Donald Trump's ire for calling the US president "inept" in leaked confidential cables to London.

Iran's Rouhani warns UK of tanker seizure 'consequences'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned Britain on Wednesday of "consequences" over the detention of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

British inventor Dyson pays $54 mln for Singapore's priciest penthouse

Fpo - British billionaire inventor James Dyson has paid a reported $54 million for Singapore's biggest, most expensive penthouse: a three-floor residence with a rooftop terrace, private pool, and jacuzzi.

Illness forces Sting to call off second gig

Berlin - British singer Sting cancelled a concert for the second time in three days, telling fans due to see him in Munich, Germany on Wednesday evening that he was "still under the weather"."It is with sincere regret that Sting's concert...

UK leadership hopefuls clash over Brexit promises

London - Boris Johnson stood accused Tuesday of having nothing to offer Britain but "blind optimism" as he and his rival for the premiership clashed over Brexit in a bad-tempered TV debate.

Diplomacy: a genteel world combusts in online era

Washington - President Donald Trump's fury over leaked cables written by the British ambassador demonstrates the growing predicament faced by diplomats whose profession -- once nearly synonymous with a stiff-upper-lip decorum -- has become explosive in the era of i...

Trump derides May's 'foolish policies,' 'pompous' envoy

Washington - Donald Trump assailed Britain's ambassador to the United States as a "pompous fool" and slammed outgoing premier Theresa May's "foolish" policies Tuesday in a second straight day of virulent attacks triggered by the leak of unflattering diplomatic cabl...

Trump calls British ambassador to US 'a very stupid guy'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the British ambassador to the United States "a very stupid guy," one day after declaring he would cut contact with the diplomat following a leak of cables describing Trump as "inept.
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